Tag: senior living

Fire safety guidance for senior living

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s new title, Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, a cost-effective, all-inclusive guide to improve safety and satisfaction in your senior living facility. Fire drills should be done based on your state regulations and/or your facility’s policy and procedures. Staff must be […]

Just 48 minutes of physical activity per week can increase physical function significantly in seniors

It’s no secret that exercise is good for the body, and this fact doesn’t decrease with age—but physical function does. A study appearing in PLOS One that observed the effect physical activity can have on seniors ages 70-89 with functional limitations reports that “an important but understudied issue in physical activity trials in older adults […]

HHS reports hackers are the cause of increasing healthcare data breaches

Data from HHS’ Office of Civil Rights shows that compared to 2016, resolved data breaches as a result of hacking have decreased by 90%, with only five hacking or IT incidents being resolved in 2017 compared to 50 that were resolved in 2016. Data also reveals that more breaches are being reported, which is correlated […]

Post-fall assessments found to be inadequate for predicting future fall risk, according to study

In a study of 52 long-term care facilities located in Nova Scotia, Canada, researchers found that their post-fall assessments (PFAs) were not effective in determining residents’ future fall risk due to their administrative nature and lack of evidence-based documentation. The study was published in the Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. Nearly all […]

New OSHA website up and running for submitting electronic injury and illness reports

The long-anticipated website launched by OSHA for publication of electronic injury and illness reports is officially open for business. The website was promised as part of a final rule that took effect January 1 of this year, establishing new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws to prevent employers from discouraging employees from reporting work-related injuries and illness. […]

Flu vaccine not as effective for seniors last winter compared to the young

Data show that the flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting older adults, ages 65 and older, from the illness last winter. Results were presented by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—a group of health experts that provide recommendations regarding the use of vaccines in the United States—and showed that the vaccine was only […]

Ten strategies for building successful family partnerships in assisted living

Editorial Note: This post has been excerpted from HCPro’s book, Customer Service in Assisted Living: Strategies for Building Successful Partnerships, written by industry experts Kelly Papa, MSN, RN and Carol Marshall, MA. Families enter the long-term care environment with expectations and misconceptions they rarely communicate to the admissions coordinator or community care team. For example, […]